Timeform offer a runner-by-runner guide to a competitive class 3 handicap at Ripon...
Barren Brook is becoming well handicapped and he could be worth chancing here.
Master Of Arts was still useful when last seen on the Flat back in September. Well beaten in Imperial Cup at Sandown (for David Pipe) in March but no shock if he fares better on this return to the Flat.
Voodoo Prince is a lightly-raced gelding who had pretty useful form to his name last season. Probably needed run on 1m reappearance last month and better expected back up in trip. Still unexposed.
Demolition won twice in 2011, producing career best when landing 1¼m Nottingham handicap on first start back with this yard in October. Returned to form over C&D last time but draw could have been kinder here.
Lady Chaparral has been dropped in trip to good effect for new stable, winning 2 of her last 3 runs (both over 1m at Carlisle). Only another 2 lb higher here and should be competitive back up in trip.
Barren Brook was a creditable fifth in Lincoln on return, and stamina stretched over 10.4f at York in May. Not at best since, but becoming well handicapped, and going to pop up at some stage soon
Kay Gee Be is still a fair performer and has made the most of a drop in grade to win claimers at Doncaster and Carlisle this summer. More on his plate in handicaps, though, and latest fourth only a fair effort.
Full Speed is a strong gelding who was well backed to win 1½m handicap at Newmarket when last seen just over a year ago. Since left Alan Swinbank but has won after a long absence in the past.
Anjaz is an impeccably-bred filly who was unbeaten as a juvenile (form has worked out well). Well held on return at York but more encouragement last time and drop back to this trip a plus. Respected.
Destiny Blue is a three-time Flat winner at up to 1¼m for Jamie Osborne. Disappointing over hurdles for connections and remains to be seen if return to the Flat sparks him back to life.
Desert Romance has been hit and miss since last win at Newcastle (1¼m) in April 2011. A few respectable efforts of late but unable to justify strong support at Pontefract last time.
Watts Up Son was enterprisingly ridden to get back to winning ways at Carlisle (9f) in June, and again seen to best effect when second at Ayr last time. Creeping up the weights and others more persuasive.
Jonny Lesters Hair is a tough front-running handicapper who has made the frame on 5 occasions this year, but not really threatening to strike despite a sliding mark, and may find 1 or 2 to beat him again.
Merchant of Medici's best run this year came when chasing home in-form Kalk Bay at Beverley last time. Does need things to go his way but clearly back in form and is on a handy mark at the moment.
Just Fabulous was the winner of a maiden and a minor event (both over 7f) both starts in 2011. Patchy form in handicaps this term, however, and likely to find this too competitive.
1. Barren Brook
2. Lady Chaparral
Timeform View: Barren Brook is becoming well handicapped and he could be worth chancing here. Lady Chaparral and Anjaz are others to consider in a competitive event.